|[November 01, 2013]
Hagens Berman: Judge's Ruling in NFL Films Settlement Allows Thousands of Opt-Out Players to Pursue Additional Legal Action
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a national sports law firm, today
applauded U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson's ruling lifting an
injunction that would have barred further litigation potentially for
several years against the NFL in publicity rights cases brought by
former professional football players whose images were allegedly used
without compensation by NFL Films.
In granting final approval to a heavily disputed, $50 million settlement
by the NFL, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson also opened the doors for
immediate further legal action by more than 2,000 retired
players-including numerous NFL Hall-of-Famers-who have opted out of the
Hagens Berman achieved this ruling along with their co-counsel, attorney
and former NFL player Bob Stein of Minneapolis. "We fought extremely
hard to achieve today's ruling. Thousands of former players felt that
the settlement is a lopsided deal in favor of the NFL that fell far
short and failed, we believe, to fairly assess the value of NFL players'
publicity rights," said Hagens Berman attorney Jon King.
"Although the judge disagreed with the opposing voices on the fairness
of the settlement, the excellent news is that players who have opted out
of the settlement will now have their day in court in a separate case,"
King continued. "In our legal briefing and at the hearing, we reminded
the court of the time-honored legal principle that 'justice delayed is
justice denied.' He agreed in full in today's order, and we are very
appreciative f that."
Hagens Berman previously filed suit on behalf of ten former NFL players,
including five Hall-of-Famers (Curley Culp, John Riggins, Ron Yary, Dave
Casper and Tom Mack), as well as five other notable players (Phil
Villapiano, Willie Buchanon, Joe Kapp, Mike Bass and 1969 league MVP
Due to the judge's prior temporary injunction, that suit was temporarily
dismissed in September, but today's ruling will enable attorneys to
immediately file the action again and seek compensation for the
thousands of retired NFL players who opted out of the settlement.
King further stated that "The NFL has stated that NFL Films is the
'backbone' of the NFL Network. This year, public reports estimate the
value of the NFL Network to now be more than $5 billion. We will make
certain that former players' contributions to this incredible asset are
not forgotten, and we look forward to intensive litigation on their
Retired players who opted out of the settlement are encouraged to
contact Hagens Berman to discuss the next steps in the litigation.
Retired players can email an attorney at NFLFilms@hbsslaw.com
or call attorney Jon King at (510) 725 3034. More information is
available at www.hbsslaw.com/nflfilms.
Hagens Berman is also representing numerous former NCAA and NFL players
on issues relating to concussions and other brain injuries, as well as a
number of other matters.
Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a class-action law firm
with offices in nine cities. The firm represents consumers,
whistleblowers, investors and workers in complex litigation. More about
the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com.
The firm's blog can be found at www.classactionlawtoday.com.
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